Finally, police colony to be redeveloped
CBD BELAPUR: The dilapidated police colony in CBD Belapur is all set to be redeveloped with Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre taking up the issue in right earnest. The houses are expected to get 2.5 FSI.
Work could start during Diwali. The news has given a new hope to the residents who have for the past 12 years been living in the pathetic conditions.
The buildings located in sector 1 of CBD Belapur have been crumbling over the years. The buildings were constructed over 40 years ago.
MLA Manda Mhatre has begun following on getting Rs2.80 crore rent arrears demand by Cidco waived. While developing Navi Mumbai, Cidco constructed the police commissionerate in CBD Belapur. To ensure that the personnel could easily travel to their office, a housing colony was built in Sector 1.
In 1971, eight chawls were constructed. Each chawl had around 30 houses of 195 sqm. The building walls have cracked, the roofs leak rain water in monsoon, windows and doors are broken and the drains and other amenities are not properly maintained.
On Wednesday, Mhatre met minister of state for home Ranjit Patil who had called a special meeting on the issue.
The meeting was attended by Cidco managing director Bhushan Gagrani, NMMC deputy town planning director Sunil Hajare, additional police director general of police Rajendra Singh and deputy commissioner of police Prashant Khaire.
Mhatre said, “I brought to the notice of the minister that the families of the personnel who constantly risk their lives for the people of the city live in such pathetic and dangerous conditions.”
Khaire too explained to the minister the situation on the ground.
He told the minister that in 1979, Cidco had demanded Rs35 lakh for transferring the colony to police commissionerate. Since the amount was huge the payment was not made. Now Cidco has demanded Rs2.8 crore as rent arrears, which too cannot be paid by the police department.
Mhatre said, “I asked Cidco to waive the amount. The minister then asked CIDCO MD Gagrani to take steps to waive the amount.”
She added, “Another meeting will be held with finance and planning minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to waive the original Rs35 lakh demanded by Cidco.”